A collaborative effort between National Geographic Traveller India and Madhya Pradesh Tourism, the Madhya Pradesh podcast series aims to bring forth the traveller’s bounty that the state has to offer. Three features that make you want to visit this state over and over again are its food, heritage and wildlife. Enchanting you at every step and whetting you for more, here’s a glimpse of what awaits you in the stunning state.
When it comes to culture and heritage, the heart of India was uniquely positioned between the great dynasties of the Deccan and the rulers of the Delhi Sultanate. The result is an equally unique culinary mix, manifesting in a quirky street food culture and delectable Mughlai treats. Street food in Indore, hearty kebabs in Nawabi Bhopal and mava jalebi at Jabalpur! Mouth-watering? Yes. Underrated, you bet! Tune in to find out what culinary delights await in Madhya Pradesh.
Another marker of this mixed culture is the great forts which seamlessly blend Hindu and Islamic architecture. And predating these forts of the medieval period, are the humble but historically significant Bhimbetka caves; if they were good enough for the prehistoric man, they are more than good enough for us! That’s not all–what if we told you that the inspiration behind the Taj Mahal can be found in Madhya Pradesh? Add to that the Sanchi Stupa, one of the most significant Buddhist monuments in India, and you have the ideal destination for a heritage-lover!
As to the natural beauty, the varied landscapes of Madhya Pradesh–the rugged, arid Chambal valley, dense forests and the imposing Vindhyas and Satpura hill ranges are a sight to behold. They also make for make for perfect habitats for different species of wildlife. Kanha, Ranthambore, Bandhavgarh and Panna are just few of the forest retreats to catch these species in action. If you’re lucky, you might catch the king of these jungles, the tiger. And in Madhya Pradesh, you’re lucky most times!
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